Sunday, March 1, 2015

Occupation Themed Birthday Cards

Hello Friends! They're calling for more snow where I am today on the Connecticut/New York border. I'm hoping they're wrong... but it doesn't look like it but at least, thankfully, it doesn't seem like it will be too bad, maybe 3-6 inches.

I have been holding on to a few photos of cards I've made to send to members of my card maker group figuring it would be best to post them after sending them, just in case the recipient happened to read the post. Most of the cards I've been sending have been general birthday themes. Since I don't know most of the group well enough to make a card that has any specific connection to what they do or what they like. This one was an exception. I know Nancy is a nurse and thought this fun Dr. Needle digi from Hambo Stamps would make a fun choice for her card. He's easy and fun to color. 


I wish that all the snow we've had this winter would have translated into more crafting time for me but it hasn't worked out that way so I'm looking forward to the renewal and fresh start that Spring always seems to bring. What about you...Are you more productive at certain times of the year than others?

Happy Crafting!
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Sweet and Simple

Hello Friends! I hope you're keeping warm wherever you are, and if you happen to be in an always warm climate, I'd say consider yourself lucky. After this very cold winter... I've never been more ready for spring.

I'm not sure if the 'chalkboard' trend is still going strong or starting to dwindle but I've made embossing white on black part of my regular go-to techniques. Sometimes with the smudging and sometimes, as in this case, without.


Patterned papers in this are Stampin Up and the solids are from my scrap box.

It's been a couple of weeks since I've made anything. I'm having a hard time motivating myself to craft...  I need to unpack supplies and set up for each session and lately I can't convince myself that it's worth it to go through all that and maybe get a couple of cards out before I need to pack it all up again... maybe this will be the weekend I manage it.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

Hello! I have a card to share today that is a bit unusual for me. Most of the cards I make are flat enough to be mailed without needing to go into a big, padded envelope or package. But I confess adding embellishments and thick layers can be so much fun, so on the rare occasions when I'm making a card that will be 'hand-delivered' I tend to pull out all the stops as I did on this one.


The focal point on this is actually a pair of dimensional stickers I found in the dollar bin at Target. The hearts are actually one piece and they came already dimensionally mounted to the scalloped piece that looks like a miniature doily. The 'Love you' Banner was a separate piece that I glued closely enough so make it all one big piece.

I found the fun washi tape in the same bargain bin and when I first applied it to this background I wasn't so sure that I like the transparent hearts but by the time I was finished it became my favorite element of the design.


The papers, including the super fun corrugated one were part of a kit from Fancy Pants Trend Setter that I'd won a long time back and the pre-pierced (they called them 'stitched') circle die is from My Favorite Things (if I ever hit the lottery I can say without doubt that MFT dies would be at the top of my list, they are marvelous!)



Since this card is a 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" square making a custom envelope was also in order so I finally got a chance to use my We R Envelope Punch Board. I used a really thick piece of stock. I really liked how it coordinated and couldn't find anything in a thinner 12x12 in my collection of papers so even though it didn't fold as nicely as I would have liked I went with it. The punch board totally rocks and is super simple to figure out. They make quite a few different boards (and I'd bet they're all worth collecting) but this envelope one would be a great place to start, especially if you like to make a lot of different sized cards. You'll never find yourself without an envelope again.

The sticker package had another small co-ordinated heart that made a perfect envelope seal and though the the final result is thick and package like when it's hand-delivered on going into a package, I think a beautiful, embellished card is the way to go.

Happy Crafting!

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

February Birthdays


Hello Friends! It's Mid-February and I am glad to report that I've managed to keep up with my goal of sending birthday cards to everyone in my card makers group. Of course the fine print in this (there's always fine print right?) is that really only amounts to 5 cards so far. LOL

Since many of the group members are new friends most of the card designs don't have a specific connection to them personally (though I have been trying to make notes about favorite colors and themes when they come up in the daily FB posts). This is a card I sent to Joanne G. for her February 1st birthday. 



The image is from an old, retired Stampin Up set. Funnily enough I have a lot of stamps and yet I often find myself grabbing for the same few sets. Is it just me? I guess they're like a worn pair of jeans...comfortable, so using them comes naturally and making a card using them doesn't result in any major struggle. Maybe I need to declare some of them 'off-limits' for awhile and force myself to mix things up.

Happy Crafting!
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Friday, February 6, 2015

Have You Heard of Dover Publications?

Hello Friends! Are you ready for the weekend?

I have a card and a great source to share with you today. Some of you may be familiar with Dover Publications. They've been around for a very long time. I first became familiar with them long before the computer age (boy that makes me sound ancient doesn't it?) when I was just deciding that graphic design would be my field of study. Creating advertisements was a a lot different back then than it is today, and while use of stock photos and illustration is still very common today  (there are dozens if not hundreds of suppliers), I think Dover was one of the pioneers in the area. In short they produce a large line of books, many in the artistic realm, and among them are books with illustrations and images that can be used in various ways and some of them even come with digitized versions of the images on CD.




The image on this card is one of theirs. It came colored as you see it. I simply sized and printed in on my printer. They have a huge selection of books including both 'pre-colored' and 'line drawn' images that you could color yourself. This image was one of the 'samples' they send out each week when you subscribe to their free newsletter. I'm not affiliated with them in any way but if you've never heard of them I suggest you check out the site Dover Publicatons and sign up for the newsletter too. It's a great source for any artist or crafter to have on their list.

Happy Crafting!

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